Martin Farquhar Tupper was a celebrated English poet, author of Proverbial Philosophy and writer. He initially used to write for periodicals, however, his first essay ‘Sacra Poesis’ gained a lot of recognition. ‘Proverbial Philosophy’, ‘The Crock of Gold’, ‘A Modern Pyramid to commemorate a Septuagint of Worthies’ are some of his notable works. His works and writings had a lot of influence on the masses and he was elected a ‘Fellow of the Royal Society’ in the year 1845. He also received a ‘Gold Medal’ from the King of Persia for his contributions in literature and science. Besides being a writer, Tupper was also a reformer and an active supporter of the ‘Student Volunteer Movement’. He also worked towards promoting brotherly relations between America and Britain. His thoughts, beliefs and views are also apparent in his quotes and sayings that give readers a new perspective to life and situations. Presenting some of the famous quotes and thoughts by Martin Farquhar Tupper.
Confidence is conqueror of men; victorious both over them and in them; The iron will of one stout heart shall make a thousand quail; A feeble dwarf, dauntlessly resolved, will turn the tide of battle, And rally to a nobler strife the giants that had fled.
Love is the weapon which Omnipotence reserved to conquer rebel man when all the rest had failed. Reason he parries; fear he answers blow for blow; future interest he meets with present pleasure; but love, that sun against whose melting beams the winter cannot stand--that soft subliming slumber which wrestles down the giant, there is not one human being in a million, nor a thousand men in all earth's huge quintillion, whose clay heart is hardened against love.
To-morrow is that lamp upon the marsh, which a traveller never reacheth;
To-morrow, the rainbow's cup, coveted prize of ignorance;
To-morrow, the shifting anchorage, dangerous trust of manners;
To-morrow, the wrecker's beacon, wily snare of the destroyer.
Reconcile conviction with delay, and To-morrow is a fatal lie;
Frighten resolutions into action, To-morrow is a wholesome truth.
There is not unmitigated ill in the sharpest of this world's sorrows; I touch not the sore of thy guilt; but of human griefs I counsel thee, Cast off the weakness of regret, and gird thee to redeem thy loss: Thou has gained, in the furnace of affliction, self-knowledge, patience and humility, And these be as precious ore, that waiteth the skill of the coiner: Despise not the blessings of adversity, nor the gain thou hast earned so hardly, And now thou hast drained the bitter, take heed that thou lose not the sweet.